Let’s go bowling with Chris Nichols

Architecture & Design
These evocative photos speak reams to arts·meme friend Chris Nichols, a mid-century-modern architecture/culture expert and founder of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee, the infamous “Modcom.” So much so that Chris has organized an entire museum exhibit to celebrate the design universe of bowling alleys … the show just opened at the A + D ...

Once upon a time, in Los Angeles …

Architecture & Design
Fairytale houses dot the Southern California landscape, including neighborhoods of Burbank, Hancock Park, Los Feliz to name just a few. But where did this delightful architecture inspired by medieval Europe come from? For “Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A.” Douglas Keister, a photographer-writer who has authored 25 books on architecture from Victorian homes to bungalows, cemetery ...

L.A. Dance Project reinvigorates United Artists movie palace 2

Architecture & Design · Dance · Reviews
Just “yes” to Benjamin Millepied‘s wonderful, calm and engaging “Reflections,” the opening work of L.A. Dance Project‘s “3 Exceptional Performances” program on view in downtown Los Angeles throughout the weekend. More a linked chain of body-conversations than a highly kinetic dance work, “Reflections” (more unmemorable dance-titling from Millepied, the prior, “Moving Parts”), with its strong ...

How green is Thor’s Valley

Architecture & Design · Dance · Music · Theater
Thor Steingraber, former vice president for programming for The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, has been named the new executive director of the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge. CSUN’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Harry Hellenbrand heralded the occasion: “Thor is credited with the vision to blend classical ...

The 11th Commandment: Honor DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” (1923)

Architecture & Design · Film
Tomorrow night, Wednesday December 4, 2013, a fantastic event: the 90th anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, in a special screening accompanied by live music. The screening will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the grand re-opening of the Egyptian Theatre. Part of the Lasky-DeMille Centennial Celebration co-presented with Hollywood Heritage, with the support ...

Opera occupies Union Station 1

Architecture & Design · Music · Reviews · Theater
The overture ended, a set of heavy double doors opened, and into Union Station spilled the opera audience. As the group dispersed, some displayed trepidation in their quest for the singers heard in their headsets. Others eschewed the life-sized version of Where’s Waldo: One couple made a beeline for the bar; ordering a bottle of ...

Duckler’s ‘The Groundskeepers’ in historic Boyle Heights

Architecture & Design · Dance
The Groundskeepers, a multi-scene, walk-thru performance taking place at Linda Vista Hospital in East Los Angeles’s historic Boyle Heights neighborhood, reverses viewer expectations. Choreographer/director Heidi Duckler and her artistic collaborators identify unseen, intriguing spaces in the hosptial, and transform them into artistic installations. The performance begins on an external fire escape (anticipate gymnastic dangling); then ...

The perils of Pauline Schindler 1

Architecture & Design · Language & ideas · Music · Reviews
In an early letter, Pauline Schindler wrote, “One of my dreams, Mother, is to have, someday, a little joy of a bungalow, on the edge of the woods and mountains near a crowded city, which shall be open just as some people’s hearts are open, to friends of all classes and types… Surely the mother ...

Love for Henry in Orange County

Architecture & Design · Dance · Fashion · Music
A beautiful event Thursday night, October 20, 2013, a cocktail hour in honor of California’s preeminent arts patron Henry Segerstrom, the force behind Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts and subject of a new coffeetable book. The vast party took place at Assouline Publishing‘s chic boutique at South Coast Plaza, developed by Segerstrom circa ...

Pasadena modern home to host Museum of California Design event

Architecture & Design
A beautiful and much anticipated event in the design and architecture communities is Bill Stern’s annual Award Benefit event for the Museum of California Design. It’s a traveling party that’s invariably blessed with the best of autumnal afternoon weather. The event is open to the public and ticketed. It’s a cool crowd and supporting this ...